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wish me luck guys......
question though...do any of you think my 929 is kinda drastic for my first bike? just wanted some feedback on it........
 

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There are quite a few members here who claim their 929/954 to be their first bike. As long as you respect the bike, be it a liter bike or a 250cc Ninja, you should be fine. Keep in mind that it is less expensive to crash a smaller bike than something like a 929.

Myself, I started on a used CBR600F3.I had that for 5 yrears before I bought the 'blade in 2001. Of course, I was a starving student up until then.
 

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I agree with Arndogg. You must respect the power that these machines have and know your own limitations. Ride within your own abilities. My 954 was the first bike I had owned in over 17 years. It took serveral months before I felt comfortable with the machine. Even now, 7 months after having it, I still get nervous riding in certain conditions.

Have fun and ride as much as you can. :thumb:
 

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My 929 is my 1st bike......just remember one thing EASY ON THE THROTTLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It's nothing like that lil’ 250 at the MSF course.

There is no shame is riding up and down the street just getting acclimated make sure you feel comfortable that you can make the bike do what you want it to do before you hit the streets. Oh yeah and practice all the stuff you learn at the course...find you a big open parking lot to work in.
 

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oh yeah...good luck :thumb:
 

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Yeah just be careful. My friend is MSF instructor and he had a kid that was taking his class a month ago. The Kid was 17 with a new R1 in the garage at home, he passed the class and went on to kill himself a week later. Who knows what happened but just like everyone else said respect the bike.
 

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Yeah just be careful. My friend is MSF instructor and he had a kid that was taking his class a month ago. The Kid was 17 with a new R1 in the garage at home, he passed the class and went on to kill himself a week later. Who knows what happened but just like everyone else said respect the bike.

Don't tell him that.......He's headed outside righ now to put a For Sale sign on bike :smilebig:
 

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Don't tell him that.......He's headed outside righ now to put a For Sale sign on bike :smilebig:
Good, that is too much bike for a 1st timer. I wouldn't get anything bigger than a 600. Still big enough for the macho thing, but a little more tame than a liter class bike. Far too many young people buy liter class bikes and crash hard. Can it be done, yes. Is it the best choice, no. I actually believe it will take longer to learn to ride well on a big bike than a smaller one. JM2C :)
 

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I've seen WAY too many bikes in the insurance pools with very low miles on them. That tells me that the previous owner was in over their head. Only you know what's best for yourself. As long as you learn at your own pace and be patient you should be ok.
 

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Don't tell him that.......He's headed outside righ now to put a For Sale sign on bike
Im going to do that right when i get home!!!
Alot of people are saying that i actually do have a big bike for my first one and they question it like "why do you have that? isnt it too much bike?" I figure like others are saying watch the throttle and respect the bike....thats all i can do right.....A buddy of mine actually made a good point and said the reason its good to get a big bike for a first timer is because i wont screw around on it because i know what its capable of doing if i eat it.....in the other case if i got a smaller one, i would just want to open it up and try to do every stunt as possible....id rather stick with the bigger bike...=D......but i appreciate the opinions on this thread....thanks again guys!! :thumb:
 

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Good choice in taking the MSF. Just take it slow the 929 power can get away from a new rider quickly. Just don't ride over your head :nono:
 

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When I went from the 125cc's at the MSF course to a GS500, my first bike, I thought it was scary fast. I can't even imagine starting on one with triple the horsepower. One nice thing about a smaller bike is that it makes you FEEL like you're going fast, because they rev high easily and vibrate. On a 929 you can be going 70 and feel like you're putting down the road.

I would highly recommend practicing emergency braking. If you're going to get a fast bike at least be able to stop quickly without panicking.
 

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My 929 is my 1st bike......just remember one thing EASY ON THE THROTTLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It's nothing like that lil’ 250 at the MSF course.

There is no shame is riding up and down the street just getting acclimated make sure you feel comfortable that you can make the bike do what you want it to do before you hit the streets. Oh yeah and practice all the stuff you learn at the course...find you a big open parking lot to work in.
I dropped my first bike a few times while U-turning in the first 3 days I got it. Be really careful here, dropping a sportbike will cause many hundreds of dollars worth of damage.
 

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I dropped my first bike a few times while U-turning in the first 3 days I got it. Be really careful here, dropping a sportbike will cause many hundreds of dollars worth of damage.

Good point......
Outkast.....buy stock in frame sliders and replacement mirrors
 

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A buddy of mine actually made a good point and said the reason its good to get a big bike for a first timer is because i wont screw around on it because i know what its capable of doing if i eat it.....in the other case if i got a smaller one, i would just want to open it up and try to do every stunt as possible....
Keep telling yourself that. This is what will really happen. You will twist the throttle to keep up with your buddies, then overcook the corner due to lack of experience, and stand the bike up. Hopefully there will not be a car coming the opposite way. If stunting is in your brain, then you will do it no matter what bike you own. Good luck and I hope you wear more than jeans and a wife beater. :)
 

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Nupe.....Bike already came with sliders....just gotta get some extra mirrors just in case....

Brian....yeah i need to practice emergency braking....had one situation where light turned yellow and had to make a quick decision and stupid newbie me lol i only slamed the front brake...well not really slamed, but it caused the rear to weave left to right like a madman!!! *sigh* only way to learn right.........
 

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The 954 was (sorta) my first bike. To be honest, I don't think I learned as much as I could have by buying a smaller one. IMHO that is of course. Now I have a 600RR (cause I dumped my 954) and it's a different experience. I'm 'more' in control (at least I like to think so ;))
 

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I'm with ULEWZ. Your buddy's "logic" is flawed. You can get into trouble with any size bike, but it'll happen a lot quicker than you can imagine on a liter bike, or even a modern 600. It is a lot of bike for a newbie. Some folks have done it successfully, however, so hopefully you'll be one of the successful ones. Use your head and be careful. It's good you're taking the MSF. Try to hook up with older, experienced riders that take a sensible pace on the street. Don't try to keep up with your buddies if they are more experienced than you; that's the quickest way to land on your head. Just remember to always ride your own ride. Good luck!
 

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Outkastxleo said:
Nupe.....Bike already came with sliders....just gotta get some extra mirrors just in case....

Brian....yeah i need to practice emergency braking....had one situation where light turned yellow and had to make a quick decision and stupid newbie me lol i only slamed the front brake...well not really slamed, but it caused the rear to weave left to right like a madman!!! *sigh* only way to learn right.........
It's actually good that you did that. One common newbie error is to slam on the rear brake, which can quickly cause you to highside. IF you ever do lock your rear wheel, look straight ahead where you want to go and keep the brake on until you've stopped. If the rear is locked and sliding from side to side, releasing the brake will allow the tire to "hookup" and start spinning again, which will snap the bike up, throwing you off the highside. Not pleasant. They'll teach you that in MSF.
 

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brian48130 said:
I dropped my first bike a few times while U-turning in the first 3 days I got it. Be really careful here, dropping a sportbike will cause many hundreds of dollars worth of damage.
I have a 919. I had a 10mph lowside the second day I had my bike. Lost the front wheel in a slick intersection. Glad the bike doesn't have plastic.

The 250 in the MSF class handled like my bicycle. The 919 turns in a little slower. Worse, the throttle , uhh, requires a little more finesse when you are, for example, trying to accelerate as you turn through a highway on-ramp. Much bigger penalty if you are hamfisted.

Good luck.
 
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